Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill was created to serve those veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. It includes 36 months of entitlement that is available for use for 15 years from the last period of active duty lasting at least 90 consecutive days. If, however, you were released from active duty after a serving minimum period of 30 days due to a service-connected disability, your eligibility will last 15 years from your release date. These benefits can be used for any approved program offered through a school in the United States that offers at least an associates degree or higher. If you are considering attending a school in a foreign country, check online at www.gibill.va.gov or call 1(888) 442-4551 for more information.
Post 9/11 Eligibility
To qualify for education benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill you must have served a minimum of 90 total days and fall into one of the following categories:
- Have been discharged from active duty with an honorable status
- Have been released from active duty to further serve in a reserve component of the Armed Forces
- Have been released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list
- Have been transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve after being released from active duty
- Having been released from active duty with an honorable discharge due to a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 continuous days after September 19, 2001
If you meet the eligibility requirements for both the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill you must make a permanent decision as to which program you would like to receive benefits.
Tuition, Books and Housing Benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill
The percentage of benefits received is determined by the length of active duty service.
100% - those serving at least 36 months
100% - those serving at least 30 consecutive days and discharged due to a service-connected disability
90% - those serving at least 30 months but less than 36 months
80% - those serving at least 24 months but less than 30 months
70% - those serving at least 18 months but less than 24 months
60% - those serving at least 12 months but less than 18 months
50% - those serving at least 6 months but less than 12 months
40% - those serving at least 90 days but less than 6 months
Depending on the percentage of your eligibility, VA will pay either all or part of your tuition and fees up to the cost of the most expensive, in-state undergraduate public institution of higher education. Fees are paid directly to the school of choice and not to the veteran.
VA will cover the expense of books and supplies up to $1000 annually.
A monthly housing allowance will be paid directly to the veteran equivalent to the basic housing allowance given to military rank E-5 with dependents in the same zip code as that of the school you are attending. Veterans who are enrolled half-time or less or those enrolled only in distance learning programs are not eligible for this benefit.
If your school of choice charges tuition and fees exceeding the most expensive in-state school’s tuition, and you are receiving benefits at 100%, you may qualify for the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Program. This program helps offset some of the additional tuition expense. The school you are attending must be a participant of the program and willing to state what percentage of tuition they are willing to waive, up to 50%, for its participants as well as how many participants they will allow to be part of the program each year. If the school and the student meet the criteria, VA will match the school’s percentage up to 50%.
Work Study Programs
VA offers a way for students benefiting from the GI Bill to earn additional money while attending school. They offer a work-study program where students can earn an hourly wage while getting their education. Applications must be submitted for this program. VA offers jobs in the following venues:
- Processing VA paperwork at schools or other training facilities
- Working at national or state veterans’ cemeteries
- Working at other jobs in VA regional offices
- Assisting with patient care at VA hospitals or domiciliary facilities
- Working at other VA-approved activities
It is possible if you are eligible for Post 9/11 education benefits that you may be able to transfer these benefits to either your spouse or children of a combination of both. Those family members you are considering transfer of benefits to must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Reporting System and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer. If a child who has received a transfer of benefits gets married, the benefits will not be affected. The same is true for a spouse approved to receive a transfer of benefits if a divorce occurs. However, the veteran does retain the rights to revoke or modify the transfer of benefits to any recipient at any time.
Full rates for school and training programs
Effective August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2023
Tuition and fees
We’ll send your tuition and fees directly to your school or training program.
The amounts listed here are the maximum amounts we’ll pay this academic year for each type of school or training program. If you’re eligible for a percentage of the full benefit, multiply the amount by your percentage. This will give you the maximum amount we’ll pay this academic year.
Find out the full rate based on what type of school you’re attending:
Public institution of higher learning (like a state university or community college): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees. You may be able to get in-state tuition rates at a public school even if you haven’t lived in the state where the school is located.
Learn more about in-state tuition rates
- Private institution of higher learning: We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,381.37.
- Foreign institution of higher learning (a college or university, whether public or private, in a country outside the U.S.): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,381.37 in U.S. dollars.
- Non-college degree programs (specific training programs like HVAC repair, truck driving, EMT, or beautician school): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $26,381.37.
- Flight training (a non-degree certificate or rating program): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $15,075.05.
- Correspondence school (usually courses provided by mail that you complete at your own pace): We’ll pay the net tuition and mandatory fees up to $12,831.78.
Monthly housing allowance
You may be eligible for money to help pay for your housing while you’re studying. If you’re eligible for monthly housing allowance (MHA), we’ll pay you this allowance at the end of each month.
We’ll pay you a percentage of the full monthly housing allowance (called a “prorated payment”) based on these 2 factors:
- The percentage of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits you’re eligible for, and
- How many credits you’re taking or how many clock hours you’re scheduled to attend per week
Note: If you’re taking correspondence training or flight training, you’re not eligible for MHA.
If you’re taking in-person courses in the U.S.
We base your MHA on the monthly military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates for an E-5 with dependents. This is called the resident MHA. We use the 2022 rates to calculate the MHA you get between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023.
You can use the Defense Department (DOD) lookup tool on the Defense Travel Management Office website to find out how much money you may be eligible to receive for housing. You’ll need the zip code for your school to get started.